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Journalist Stephen Kinzer: History’s Lessons for American Foreign Policy in 2017

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Mon, Mar 13 2017 - 12:00pm

Stephen Kinzer, Columnist, The Boston Globe; Senior Fellow, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University; Author, The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire
In conversation with Jonathan Curiel, Author; Journalist Read more »

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Building Trust with Procedural Justice

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Sun, Mar 12 2017 - 2:00pm

Dennis R. Burns, Retired Police Chief , City of Palo Alto
David Honda, Police Chief, City of Watsonville
Phan Ngo, Chief, City of Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety
Barbara Marshman, Editorial Page Editor, San Jose Mercury News—Moderator Read more »

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Russian Hill Walking Tour

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Thu, Mar 9 2017 - 1:45pm

Join a more active Commonwealth Club neighborhood adventure! Russian Hill is a magical area with secret gardens and amazing views. Join Rick Evans for a "cardio hike" up hills and staircases and learn about the history of this neighborhood. See where great artists and architects lived and worked, and walk down residential streets where some of the most historically significant houses in the Bay Area are located. 

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Priya Natarajan: Mapping the Heavens—A Delightful Tour of the Cosmos

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Wed, Mar 8 2017 - 7:00pm

Priya Natarajan, Professor of Astronomy and Physics, Yale University; Author, Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas that Reveal the Cosmos

The formation and growth of black holes, the accelerating expansion of the universe, the echo of the big bang, the discovery of exoplanets, and the possibility of other universes—these are some of the puzzling cosmological topics of the early 21st century. Natarajan is an astrophysicist who literally creates maps of this invisible matter in the universe. Read more »

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An Evening with Madeleine Albright and Katie Albright

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Wed, Mar 8 2017 - 7:00pm

Madeleine Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State under President Clinton
Katie Albright, Executive Director, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center
In conversation with Ellen Tauscher, Former Representative, California’s 10th Congressional District; Former Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors Read more »

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President Trump and the Future of U.S.-Asia Relations: A View from the West Coast

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Tue, Mar 7 2017 - 6:30pm

David D. Arnold, President, The Asia Foundation
Dr. Gloria C. Duffy, President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club of California
N. Bruce Pickering, Vice President of Global Programs, Asia Society, and Executive Director, Asia Society Northern California
Jane Wales, CEO, World Affairs Council of Northern California and Global Philanthropy Forum; Vice President, The Aspen Institute
Mina Kim, News Anchor, KQED—Moderator Read more »

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29th Annual Distinguished Citizen Gala

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Fri, Mar 3 2017 - 5:00pm

The Commonwealth Club’s 114th Annual Dinner and 29th Annual Distinguished Citizen Gala is a dual celebration, reflecting on the last year of the Club’s events and accomplishments, as well as honoring outstanding members of the community who exemplify the Club’s values by presenting them with the Distinguished Citizen Award, an award reserved for those whose professional and humanitarian endeavors and accomplishments are worthy of recognition and celebration. Read more »

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Dietary Supplements: Making the Best Choices

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Wed, Mar 1 2017 - 7:00pm

Edward R. Blonz, M.S., Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Clinical Pharmacy, University of California San Francisco
John Edward Swartzberg, M.D., FACP, Chair, Editorial Board, University of California Berkeley Wellness Letter; Clinical Professor Emeritus, Health and Medical Sciences, School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley
Catherine Heenan, News Anchor and Reporter, KRON4-TV, San Francisco—Moderator Read more »

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Trump's First 100 Days: Part One

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Mon, Feb 27 2017 - 6:30pm

Zahra Billoo, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area
Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell (Ret.), Chair, Santa Clara County Jail Commission
Steven Fish, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley
Sean Walsh, GOP Political Strategist Read more »

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SV Reads 2017: And Justice for All

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Thu, Feb 23 2017 - 7:30pm

Adam Benforado, Associate Professor of Law, Drexel University; Author, Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice
Sal Pizzaro, Columnist, San Jose Mercury News—Moderator

How can we reduce bias in our legal system? Benforado examines this critical issue from both a legal perspective and from someone who has been incarcerated. Read more »

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